Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Friday, December 16, 2022
Wednesday, October 26, 2022
Piano lessons (off and on for years, starting at age 17)
Sunday School classes (children and adults)
Missions organizations (church)
Children’s Choir (two churches)
Children’s Ministry Leader/Teacher
Life Group Leader (church)
Ladies Bible Study
Color Me Beautiful classes
Substitute Teacher, Elementary (on USMC base)
7th grade English/Social Studies
High School Social Studies
Elementary Remedial Language Arts
Gifted students grades 1-7 (13 years)
School District Technology Coordinator
Adult computer classes
Adult Basic Education (those studying for GED)
College (English and Teacher Education) (3 colleges)
I know that I sometimes still slip into “teacher mode” when I am with my children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. But you know, I think I’ll stop apologizing for that. “Teacher mode” is how God made me, and I kind of like what He did there. I like me. In fact, I am one of my favorite people.
Just to prove that I can be “in” the now moment, too, here is my latest very quick, very easy art piece. I’m spending some time these days on Christmas art, but I painted this plum right before I started on the holiday projects (to be shared later).
Let my teaching fall like rain and my word settle like dew,
Wednesday, October 12, 2022
But, seriously, just some of the things…
Crisp temperatures outside, sunny and yet a little cool…
The cooking/baking (apple, cinnamon, caramel, soups, chili)
Baseball post-season, and even sometimes college football
Sweaters, sweatshirts, and boots
Autumn colors to use in decor and in wardrobe (this year’s trend is olive green—one of my faves, trending or not)
Autumn fragrances: spiced pumpkin and sparkling cinnamon candles
Playing my favorite “Autumn Leaves” on the piano
Autumn leaves—in MO there are so many oak and maple trees—yellows and oranges and reds.
These are some pictures from the place where we lived in MO.
We lived on five acres (Peaceful Acres), and though we love being out in Washington now, with several of our close family (son, DIL, granddaughter, grandson, granddaughter-in-law, great grandson, and great granddaughter), we do miss Missouri, especially this time of year.
In Washington, there are certainly colorful trees (maple, etc.), and the interesting thing here is the different picture that is painted, as you look into the distance—the colorful trees are always mixed in with the beautiful evergreens, and the contrast is stunning.
Another thing I love about the fall is the art projects, really fun for me since, did I mention, fall IS my favorite season.
So, I just won’t think about it….today.
On another day, I’ll write about the blessings of the “winter” (and there are many), but today I think I’ll just bask in the autumn sun and enjoy THIS season.
Monday, October 10, 2022
From I Corinthians 13
Monday, September 5, 2022
Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
Saturday, June 18, 2022
This is a story that involves fashion history, a personal story from my memory.
In 1954 the first pair of seamless stockings was created. In 1959 panty hose were invented.
Prior to that and for a while after, until everyone caught up with the changing trend, women wore individual nylon stockings, usually with seams up the back, each stocking fastened at the top, to a garter belt, or secured with a garter (like the blue one that is still often “thrown” at weddings).
In my house, between Mother and my sister and me, sometimes we had an odd number of individual seamed stockings and individual seamless stockings (odd number because we tossed the ones that had “runners” — can’t go into that description right now, but wearing hose with a “runner” would’ve been the height of NOT chic), and we only had maybe one pair of panty hose (always seamless).
For high school choral concerts, we were required to wear a dress, which also meant wearing hose (we would never have gone with bare legs back then). One evening as my sister (a freshman) and I were getting ready for the concert, we discovered that we had a total of one pair of panty hose and then a single seamed nylon and a single seamless nylon.
With our combined memories, we are not positive about which one of us got stuck with the one seamed/one seamless nylons, but I’m pretty sure it was my sister. But together we came up with the idea for a solution.
Yeah, we were resourceful like that. We made things work!
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